Fans petition to rename Ronald Reagan airport after Tim Howard

ISLAMABAD: Despite a World Cup loss to Belgium in the round of 16 that ended the United States World Cup journey, U.S. goal keeper Tim Howard has become an American hero.

Tim Howard’s popularity in the United States has led to a White House petition being lodged requesting the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is renamed after him, Daily Mail reported.

Howard played a starring role in goal for the United States against Belgium on Tuesday night, but he could not stop them losing 2-1 after extra-time and exiting the tournament in the last 16.

Fans created a petition on the White House website asking, “We politely request that we rename the airport to recognize his accomplishments, and meritorious service to the United States of America.”

Anyone can post a petition on the “We the People” site, launched by the White House. If a petition gets 100,000 signatures, the administration will respond.

Howard had a record-setting day with 16 saves, the most recorded a World Cup game since FIFA starting taking track of that statistic.

After the game, an emotional Howard said the Americans played their hearts out.

“The dream fell short, but this is an incredible group, and we’ll never forget this night,” he said.